Cyclone Harold kills 27 in Solomons...

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Cyclone Harold kills 27 in Solomons

 International Desk

 Published: 11:39 AM, 7 April 2020  

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

At least 27 people were killed as Cyclone Harold hit the Solomon Islands. BBC reported that the victims were swept off a ferry in the Solomon Islands that defied cyclone warnings. 

Now, the cyclone, a category five storm - the most severe, bringing winds of 135mph (215km/h) has arrived in the Pacific nation of Vanuatu.

Vanuatu, home to around 300,000 people, is already in a state of emergency because of the coronavirus - and is awaiting general election results.

The storm is particularly affecting Sanma province, home to the country's second-biggest city, Luganville. Although there have been no injuries reported, photos showed roofs blown off buildings and power lines brought down. Some people took shelter in caves.

The Vanuatu meteorology department recorded winds of 135mph in Sanma but said gusts - which are less sustained - were reaching 145mph (235km/h).